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Vivendo Discimus

Vivendo Discimus

Vivendo Discimus: The Life and Times of Riddle's Court, 1590-2007 

Riddle’s Court, an A-listed building in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town was fit for a king, a philosopher, a social reformer and pioneering town planner, and for nearly 100 year the WEA. We first held classes in Riddle’s Court during World War I and generations of members, learners and tutors have loved learning in this building over the years. 

During 2006/7 the WEA’s Life and Times of Riddle’s Court project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, set about researching and uncovering the rich architectural, social and political history of this special building, commissioned in the late16th century by Bailie John MacMorran. WEA History, Creative Writing and Photography classes were formed to explore, record and imagine the distant and recent pasts and to present their work in a publication. 

Learn more about the building’s story and the people connected to it in Vivendo Discimus: The Life and Times of Riddle’s Court, 1590-2007 

As a result of the project to investigate and highlight its unique place in Scotland and Edinburgh’s history a Friends of Riddle’s Court Group was formed. With support from City of Edinburgh Council Riddle’s Court is now being managed by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust which is fundraising to make the building accessible, carry out essential repairs and ensure its future as a public place of learning.

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